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XAT 2020 Notification, Exam Pattern, Registration, Syllabus, Exam Date

XAT or Xavier Aptitude Test is the entrance exam organized and conducted by Xavier Labour Relation Institute (XLRI) on the behalf of Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI) for the last 61 years. The XAT exam score is accepted by XLRI and almost 150 other top tier management institutes in India. It is one of the oldest competitive examinations in India to select most appropriate students for the management education. Until 2017, XAT was conducted as paper based test. Starting 2018 it has become an online exam.

XAT Important Date

Exam Date 5-Jan-20
Exam Timings 09:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Result Date Last week of January 2020
Date of Commencement of Application 23-Aug-19
Last Date for Applying (without late fee) 30-Nov-19
Last Date for Applying (with late fee) December 1 to December 10, 2019
Admit Card Download Date 20-Dec-19(till exam date)
Mode of Examination Online

XAT 2020 Exam Pattern and Analysis

XAT 2020 Exam Pattern

  • Verbal and Logical Ability (VA & LR)
  • Decision Making (DM)
  • Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI)
  • General Knowledge (GK)

XAT 2020 will have NO essay which is the biggest change. Otherwise the overall pattern and marking remains the same. All questions will carry equal marks. There will be negative marking in case of incorrect answers and un-attempted questions. Candidates can switch between sections and will have access to the entire question paper just like in the written examination. There will be no onscreen calculator provided.

XAT 2020 exam pattern is online computer based test. The aggregate maximum marks in XAT exam are 99 for 99 questions divided in 4 sections. Each correct answer will contain +1 mark and each wrong answer will penalty of -0.25 mark. Total time for the XAT 2020 exam is 3 hours. XAT 2020 exam pattern is:-

Note:- No Negative Marks for General Knowledge Section in XAT 2020 exam.

Section in XAT 2020 Exam Pattern Number of questions Overall Time Duration
Part-1 74 Total MCQs 165 Minutes
Verbal and Logical Ability 26 No Sectional Time Limit
Decision Making 21 No Sectional Time Limit
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation 27 No Sectional Time Limit
Part-2 25 Total MCQs 15 Minutes
General Knowledge 25  
Total questions (Part 1 + Part 2) 99

XAT 2020 Syllabus

Decision Making: This section tests your ability to solve problems and cases. There are around 21-24 questions. This section is unique to XAT 2019 exam. The topics that fall under the XAT syllabus for this section are:

  1. Case-lets
  2. Complex Arrangements
  3. Conditions and Grouping Test
  4. Data Arrangement Test
  5. Decision Making in a Particular Situation
  6. Identifying Strong and Weak arguments
  7. Identifying valid inferences

Verbal & Logical Ability: This section tests your grammar, reading speed, comprehension and logical reasoning. There are around 24-26 questions and the topics covered in the syllabus for XAT 2019 are:

Verbal Ability

  1. Antonyms – Synonyms
  2. Completion of paragraph
  3. Correct Use of Words
  4. Fill in the Blanks
  5. Jumbled Paragraphs
  6. Sentence Completion/Correction
  7. Vocabulary

Reading Comprehension

  1. Culture
  2. Economic Issues
  3. Fiction
  4. History
  5. Literature
  6. Science
  7. Social Issues

Logical Reasoning

  1. Analogy
  2. Assumption-Premise-Conclusion
  3. Binary Logic
  4. Blood Relations
  5. Coding and Decoding
  6. Clocks and Calendars
  7. Critical Reasoning
  8. Fact–Inference-Judgments
  9. Identifying next number in series
  10. Seating Arrangement
  11. Visual reasoning

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation: There are 27 questions in this section. The XAT 2019 syllabus for this section is vast and covers:

  1. Algebra
  2. Averages
  3. Binomial Theorem
  4. Complex numbers
  5. Co-ordinate geometry
  6. Equations – Linear & Quadratic
  7. HCF & LCM
  8. In-equations
  9. Interest – Simple & Compound
  10. Logarithm
  11. Mean – Arithmetic & Geometric
  12. Mixtures and Allegations
  13. Percentages
  14. Permutations & Combinations
  15. Progression – Arithmetic & Geometric
  16. Probability
  17. Profit & Loss
  18. Ratios and Proportion
  19. Set Theory
  20. Speed, Time and Distance
  21. Trigonometry

Current Affairs: The students are tested on their general knowledge and consists 25 questions. The topics are:

  1. Books and
  2. Business
  3. Current Affairs
  4. Entertainment
  5. Finance
  6. International News
  7. Politics
  8. Science
  9. Sports
  10. World Event and Records

List of Top MBA Colleges in India accepting XAT score

There are around 150 MBA colleges in India accepting XAT score for admission to their flagship MBA/PGDM programmes. All these XAT affiliated colleges include the top MBA colleges accepting XAT score with high XAT percentile and also the other MBA college accepting XAT score with not so high XAT percentile.

Top MBA colleges in India accepting XAT score above 90 percentile

MBA college City XAT cut off percentile score
XLRI Jamshedpur 95+
SPJIMR Mumbai 90
XIM Bhubaneswar 90
IMT Ghaziabad 90

Top MBA Colleges in India accepting XAT score 80 percentile and above

MBA college City XAT cut off percentile score
GIM Goa 85
TAPMI Manipal 80
Great Lakes Chennai, Gurgaon 80
IRMA Anand 80
MICA Ahmedabad 80
K J Somaiya Mumbai 85
FORE New Delhi 80
IMNU-Nirma University Ahmedabad 80
LIBA Chennai 80
IFMR Chennai 80

MBA Colleges in India accepting XAT score 70 percentile and above

MBA college City XAT cut off percentile score
BIMTECH Greater Noida (Delhi NCR) 70
XIME Bangalore 70
IMI Bhubaneswar 75
CIMP Patna 70
SDMIMD Mysore 74
IFIM Bangalore 70
Jaipuria Institute of Management Lucknow 70
ISB&M Pune 70
Indus Business Academy (IBA) Bangalore 70
AIMS Bangalore 70
IMT Nagpur 70
JIMS Rohini, New Delhi 70

MBA Colleges in India accepting XAT score 60 percentile and above

MBA College City XAT cut off percentile score
EMPI Business School New Delhi 60
IMT Hyderabad 60
MITSOB Pune 60
FIIB New Delhi 60
Jaypee Business School Noida (Delhi NCR) 65
SOIL Gurgaon (Delhi NCR) 65
Apeejay School of Management Dwarka, New Delhi 60
AIMIT Bangalore 60
Indus Business Academy (IBA) Bangalore 60
WOXSEN School of Business Hyderabad 65

XAT 2020 Admit Card

The XAT 2020 Admit Card can be downloaded starting 20th December 2019 until the exam date. Candidates can download their admit card of XAT online once they complete and submit their XAT 2020 application form.

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